Many companies and TV networks offer streaming services that allow you to watch shows, movies, and videos online. With today’s high-speed internet services, you can enjoy your favorite entertainment without waiting hours for files to download. If you’re new to streaming, here are answers to some common questions you might have about it.

An Introduction to Streaming Services

What is streaming?

Streaming is the real-time transmission of media to your TV, computer, or mobile device. The video, song, or other piece of content is stored on a remote server and delivered a few seconds at a time. This data is played as it’s received, usually without delays.

Do I need special hardware to stream?

Anyone with high-speed internet and a smart TV, laptop, smartphone, tablet or other connected device can stream media through a variety of online providers. Unlike some other digital TV services, online streaming doesn’t require additional hardware.

What can cause delays?

Today’s streaming platforms are remarkably efficient, but problems with your internet connection can cause dropped signals and interruptions.

If you experience trouble, try restarting the router. You might also be out-of-range of the router, so you can try moving closer to the router with your device. If you are an NHTC customer, you might consider upgrading your router to one of our newest, state-of-the-art routers — or possibly sign up for Whole-Home Wi-Fi which covers your home in a mesh Wi-Fi network, eliminating dead spots.

How fast should my internet be to stream video?

To stream video with minimum lag, you need a connection of at least 2 megabits per second (Mbps). Fortunately, many of today’s internet service providers offer speeds of up to 100 Mbps or even 1 gigabit per second. Fiber internet services also deliver high speeds that accommodate high-quality video and audio streaming. NHTC offers more than enough bandwidth to customers with symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gbps via a fiber-optic network.

 

To upgrade your internet service package for high-quality streaming, turn to NHTC. Since 1951, homeowners throughout northern Alabama have relied on them for the most advanced communications services on the market. Their fiber internet services deliver fast speeds with no data caps or throttling. Visit their website to learn more about their packages, or call (256) 723-4211 to discuss your needs.